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White Truffles in Winter by N. M. Kelby

White Truffles in Winter

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Bursting with sensuality and wit this is the re-imagined life of the the French chef, credited with pioneering the modern dining experience, Auguste Escoffier and his wife, poet and writer, Delphine Daffis. Escoffier has created dishes for Presidents and Hollywood stars but with Delphine facing death she wants a dish especially for her but - how does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N. M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing.


White Truffles in Winter by N. M. Kelby

White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions - kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry - Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier's life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others..


"A vivid and detailed reconstruction of a bygone era." - The Independent

“Beautifully layered and lovingly detailed... a tale of extraordinary people entangled in a captivating love story.” - Diana Abu-Jaber

“Fabulous conceit… bon appétit.” – Good Housekeeping

"Kelby conjures a pre-World War II world where food is almost as good as love." - Vogue

'Food is a thing of enchantment' says, Escoffier, the chef credited with pioneering the modern dining experience, and Kelby's tale, gorgeously written, is sprinkled with the same magical allure." Voted Paperback of the Month by The Good Book Guide

'Nicole's writing is sumptuous and beautiful, a sensual experience to match that of eating the dishes she describes, from gallons of homely tomato sauce to a julienne of black spring truffles perfumed like new grass.' The Historical Novel Magazine

'This is a book that one can imagine to be a biography with its detailed and wonderfully researched account of this enigmatic man's life. Yet one knows it is a novel by the beautifully poetic descriptions by the author. She has a real talent with words and this story of love on so many levels is memorable. I shall keep it on my book shelf and remember how much I enjoyed it.' - The York Press

About the Author

N. M. Kelby

N.M.Kelby (Nicole Mary Kelby) has been translated into several languages and offered by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club. She is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Inter-Arts grant, the Heekin Group Foundation's James Fellowship for the Novel, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in fiction, two Jerome Travel Study Grants, and a Jewish Arts Endowment Fellowship. She is the critically acclaimed author of In the Company of Angels, Whale Season and the Florida Book Award winner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among others.

Author photo © Ann Marsden

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20th June 2013


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Alma Books Ltd


300 pages


Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romantic Fiction

Historical romance



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